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William J. Anaya is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental, administrative, and real estate law. He has written and spoken for organizations including the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and IICLE®. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law in 2018 and an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2006 – 2009 and 2013 – 2018. He is a former Chair of the IICLE® Board of Directors. Mr. Anaya received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Robert Marc Chemers is a Shareholder of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago, where he focuses on insurance coverage and appellate practice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel and a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Chemers received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and his J.D. cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law.
Maureen M. Crough is Counsel to Sidley Austin LLP in New York, NY, where she focuses on environmental law. She was recognized in 2005 – 2022 by Chambers USA in New York Environment: Mainly Transactional Law, has been recognized each year since 2010 in The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, and was a speaker at the annual PLI Environmental Program in 2017 – 2022. Ms. Crough received her A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Kevin G. Desharnais is a Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law and is the Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Practice Group Chair. He is a former Board Member (2011 – 2018) and former Chair (2012 – 2014) of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the Federal Bar Association, a former Member of the Association’s Chicago Chapter Board of Directors (2011 – 2021), and a former National Circuit Vice President for the Seventh Circuit (2015 – 2021). Mr. Desharnais received his B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and his J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review.
Lawrence W. Falbe is a Principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. He is Chairman of the Air & Waste Management Association, Lake Michigan States Section; Immediate Past President of the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals; and Past Co-Chair of the Illinois Government Relations Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a member of its National Environment Committee. Mr. Falbe received his B.A. cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Augustana College, his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (where he was a member of the Law Review), and a Certificate of Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.
Kristin Laughridge Gale is a Partner in the environmental law firm of Nijman Franzetti LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on litigation and enforcement-related issues, including private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), underground storage tanks, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. She counsels clients on compliance issues as well as real estate transactions. Prior to joining Nijman Franzetti LLP, Gale was an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She was also an environmental consultant for a national environmental consulting firm, in which she performed due diligence inspections and conducted litigation support for various environmental actions. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar. Gale earned her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
E. Lynn Grayson is a Partner at Nijman Franzetti LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental and natural resources law. She is the Immediate Past President of the Chicago Bar Association. In 2023, she was named one of the 500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyers by LawDragon. In 2021, she was named Best Lawyers’ Environmental Lawyer of the Year-Chicago. Ms. Grayson received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law.
Mark F. Hebbeln is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on bankruptcy law. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Hebbeln received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Susan Poll Klaessy is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on bankruptcy and business reorganizations. She is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation. She was named a Super Lawyer: Business Bankruptcy in 2020 – 2023. Ms. Poll Klaessy received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
David N. Larson is an associate at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, in Chicago, where he focuses on insurance coverage. Mr. Larson received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the California Western School of Law.
Karen Kavanagh Mack is a Partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental and real estate litigation and is the Chair of the Environmental Law Practice Group. She is a Member and Past Chair of the Environmental Law Section Council and Co-Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee — Cook County of the Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Mack received her B.A. cum laude in political science from Loyola University Chicago and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Jennifer T. Nijman is a Founding Partner of Nijman Franzetti LLP, a woman-owned environmental law firm in Chicago. She was formerly a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she served as Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. She has broad experience in litigation defense and enforcement-related issues, including common-law liability and toxic tort, private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Recovery Act of 1970, underground storage tanks, and all aspects of the Superfund process. Nijman has successfully represented clients in regulatory disputes and negotiations with both state and federal agencies and has implemented supplemental environmental projects/pollution prevention plans to reduce or eliminate fines and penalties. She is a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and is a past Board President and certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. She currently serves as an appointed Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. She speaks and writes frequently on environmental law issues and is regularly named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer and receives high praise from Chambers USA. Nijman earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Legal Forum.
Drew Nishioka is an associate in the environmental law firm of Nijman Franzetti LLP, in Chicago. Nishioka has experience in environmental enforcement matters under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. He is knowledgeable on issues related to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the Clean Air Act permitting municipal water systems, state site remediation programs, environmental site assessments, and toxic tort litigation. Nishioka has previously worked as a litigation paralegal and managed technology training and curriculum design for several law firms. Nishioka received his B.S. in management from the University of Phoenix, his M.E. in education and eLearning from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar.
Joseph R. Podlewski, Jr., is in private practice with Podlewski & Hanson P.C., in Western Springs. Podlewski represents clients on a wide variety of environmental matters (including contested matters in state and federal court) and has appeared before numerous environmental agencies. He also provides advice and counsel to clients on environmental issues arising in commercial real estate transactions. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is Past Chair of both ISBA’s Environmental Law Section Council and the CBA’s Environmental Law Committee and was appointed to the Governor’s Small Business Environmental Task Force in 1994. He was selected as both an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer and was featured in 2013 in Chicago’s Legal Leaders as among the “Top Rated Lawyers in Chicago” in the practice areas of environmental law and land use. He earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. with honors from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a Lead Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
Nathan A. Quaglia is an Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental and toxic tort law. He was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013 – 2017 and an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2022. He is a former adjunct professor at DePaul University, where he taught Environmental Law & Policy. Mr. Quaglia received his B.S. from Allegheny College and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Steven M. Siros is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on environmental law. Mr. Siros received his B.A. from Illinois State University and his J.D. from the Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Jacqueline M. Vidmar is a Partner at Nijman Franzetti LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental law. Ms. Vidmar received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Anne L. Wahlig Kaup is Of Counsel to Nijman Franzetti LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on environmental law. She was a law clerk for the Environmental Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and an executive manager for the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership. Ms. Wahlig Kaup received her B.A. in Economics and Studies in the Environment from Yale, her J.D. from Cornell Law School, and her LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
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